ex·​pres·​sion·​less | \ ik-ˈspre-shən-ləs How to pronounce expressionless (audio) \

Definition of expressionless

: lacking expression an expressionless face

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Other Words from expressionless

expressionlessly adverb
expressionlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for expressionless


blank, catatonic, deadpan, empty, impassive, inexpressive, numb, stolid, vacant


demonstrative, expressive

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Examples of expressionless in a Sentence

veteran poker players invariably have expressionless faces, regardless of the hand they're holding

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Dylan’s deep, oddly expressionless voice doesn’t necessarily do any favors to a genre known for its marked warmth, and his slick band of studio musicians adds to the disconnect. Aidin Vaziri,, "Review: Jakob Dylan's 'Echo in the Canyon' soundtrack rings hollow," 24 June 2019 That whole expressionless thing didn’t last long, however. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: An End to War That Doesn't Feature the Avengers," 29 Apr. 2018 At least in the case of Cosby, who is played by a white woman (gulp), the expressionless line-readings are probably for the better. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 Some called it a turning point in the Vietnam War—a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of me in 1972, age 9, running along a puddled roadway in front of an expressionless soldier. Kim Phuc Phan Thi, WSJ, "The Salvation of ‘Napalm Girl’," 21 Dec. 2017 By 25 minutes in, my boyfriend, amused by frozen, expressionless face started showing me cat videos, and with each restrained smile a new line on the mask emerged. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "I Tried the Hanacure Face Mask: Instagram’s Famous 'Grandma' Treatment," 31 Oct. 2017 The woman, Xing Zhibin, with bouffant hair, and an expressionless middle-aged face from the 1980s and 1990s, was China’s Walter Cronkite. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim," 20 Sep. 2017 As others have observed, Trump and Schumer seem far more comfortable together, as New York deal-makers who’ve known each other for decades, than Trump ever has with true-believing conservatives like Ryan or expressionless party men like McConnell. Jim Newell, Slate Magazine, "How long can this romance last?," 7 Sep. 2017 One of the most significant aspects for me was having the face serene and expressionless. Coastmag, Orange County Register, "‘Dropping the Body’," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of expressionless

1831, in the meaning defined above

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